Now Open: Voluntary and Community Sector Nominations to the Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards (AIPBs) - UPDATED 20/02/2024

5 Feb 2024 Kathy Maguire    Last updated: 20 Feb 2024

On behalf of the Department of Health, NICVA is currently seeking Nominations for VCS Representatives to the five Shadow Area Intergrated Partnership Boards being established for the roll out of the Integrated Care Sytem across NI.

Overview of the Selection and Appointment Process

NICVA has recently been appointed by the Department of Health to coordinate the Nomination Process for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Representatives to each of the five Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards (AIPB's) to be established in April 2024 as part of the implementation of the Integrated Care System NI (ICS) across Northern Ireland.

The Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards will enable all partners to work together to tackle the challenges being faced in their local area, drawing together their collective skills, resources and capabilities to develop plans that will deliver improved health and well-being outcomes, support sustainability, and ultimately reduce health inequalities. It will be expected to undertake a population health approach with a focus on prevention and early intervention and community health and well-being.

What VCS Positions are Available

Applicants wishing to be considered for membership of an AIPB must be a representative from a voluntary and community sector organisation with an interest in health and social well-being within the area of the respective Area Integrated Partnership Board.

Four Voluntary and Community Sector positions will be available on each of the local Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards (AIPBs) established across the region, which will mirror the geographical boundaries of existing Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts.

These are as follows:

  • Belfast Area
  • Southern Area
  • South-Eastern Area
  • Northern Area
  • Western Area

In addition to the initial twenty VCS places, a reserve list of 2 candidates for each AIPB, to replace any vacancies that may arise over the term, will also be recommended.

How will VCS Nominations and Appointments be made

A Selection Panel made up of three Voluntary and Community Sector Representatives of NICVA’s Executive Board will consider and agree up to four VCS appointment recommendations (and 2 reserves) to each of the five local Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards, via a nomination and selection process coordinated by NICVA support staff. These Nominations will then be submitted to the Department of Health for consideration and final decision making on all appointments.

The Panel's Nominations will be based on their assessment of all applications against a selection criteria provided by the Department of Health, reflective of the role description for VCS representatives and the key competencies and experience required.

There are a number of other key factors the Department of Health have tasked the Selection Panel to consider in agreeing any Nominations. These are as follows:

  • To ensure a balance in terms of the scale, size and diversity of organisations nominated (e.g. ensuring a community/local/regional mix) to avoid over representation by a smaller number of  larger organisations across all of the AIPBs.
  • Appointee recommendations must be reflective of the local AIPB population which they will represent. Factors such as population demographics, and urban/rural mix should be considered.
  • Nominees will need to demonstrate a sound understanding of health and social well-being, and be aware of the contributions, knowledge, and expertise the VCS brings to integrated care within the particular AIPB which they seek to represent.
  • Nominees must agree to represent the VCS as whole rather than any specific organisation or interest group.

Final Decision making on all VCS appointments to the Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards will be made by the Department of Health.

Time-frame for Nominations and Appointments

NICVA is now inviting Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to submit nominations to any of these AIPB’s via an open Nomination process, commencing on Monday 5th February 2024 and closing at 12 pm on Tuesday 5th March 2024.

The aim is to complete the Nomination process as promptly as possible after the date of closing and to advise applicants of the outcome as soon as is practical. It is anticipated that confirmation of VCS appointments will be made by the end of March 2024.

Successful applicants will be notified of their appointment by the Department of Health directly. An update on the anticipated timescale for this will be provided as soon as is available.

A full list of all Voluntary and Community Sector appointments will be available to view on the NICVA website once they have been confirmed by the Department.

Further Supporting Information on the VCS Nomination and Appointment process can be read here

What are the Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards and their Key Functions?

Each Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Board (AIPB) will be a local planning body for its geographical area. They will work locally in partnership with others to identify local needs, agree priorities, and identify what collective action should be taken to effect change.  They provide a way to bring together a wide range of partners with a responsibility and/or an interest in the health and well-being of the local population.

Partners will work together to tackle the challenges being faced in their local area, drawing together their collective skills, resources, and capabilities to develop plans that will deliver improved health and well-being outcomes, support sustainability, and ultimately reduce health inequalities. The AIPBs will be expected to undertake a population health approach with a focus on prevention and early intervention and community health and well-being. They must do so with the objective of improving outcomes and reducing health inequalities. This is a population health approach to planning. They will use a population health approach and improved integrated working across sectors and boundaries in the planning of care and services.

There will be five Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards established across the region. These will mirror the geographical boundaries of existing Health and Social Care Trusts.  Until regulations are brought before the Assembly AIBPs are to be established in shadow form from April 2024. This means that shadow AIPBs will be established in line with the procedures agreed for the statutory AIPBs and will accordingly undertake all their intended functions.

In summary Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards will have responsibility for:

  • Identifying the health and social care needs of their local population supported by a population needs assessment and an ongoing relationship with local communities and networks;
  • Agreeing on the priorities from the identified need, aligned under a Strategic Outcomes Framework;
  • Developing a plan to meet those prioritised needs particularly where cross-sectoral partnership working can deliver the greatest outcomes; and
  • Making recommendations on actions within the resources available to support delivery of the plan.

You can read more about the role of Shadow Area Integrated Partnership Boards within the ICS here

Further information on the wider Integrated Care System can be found here

What will be the Role and Responsibilities of  VCS Members?

The AIPBs must have communities at the heart of their processes to address need and reduce health inequalities. Therefore, the inclusion of VCS representatives has a vital role in ensuring that the priorities and plans identified and agreed by AIPBs complement and strengthen the work underway in community development. The key responsibilities of VCS Members will include:

  • Representing and acting on behalf of the voluntary and community sector, beyond the individual’s own specific area of expertise.
  • Contributing to the creation of a compelling vision for the future health and well-being of the local population, with a particular focus on identifying opportunities for synergy with Community Plans.
  • Communicating this vision across the wider voluntary and community sector as a champion of the Integrated Care System.

Full details for the Voluntary and Community Sector Member Role is available to view here.

 

Can my Organisation Apply and What Skills, Knowledge and Expertise are required? (UPDATED 20/02/2024)

  • Applicants wishing to be considered for membership of an AIPB must be a representative from a charity or other VCS Organisation, with an interest in health and social well-being within the area of the respective AIPB they are seeking to represent.
  • The must be able to help inform avenues for community engagement, and to support the AIPB with wider engagement.  Whilst VCS representatives form part of the core membership of AIPBs, it is the responsibility of each member to draw on the experience and expertise of others within the sector where required. Local intelligence and examples of good practice will complement the AIPBs understanding of local need in their identification of priorities.
  • Appointed VCS Representatives must agree to represent the VCS as whole rather than any specific organisation or interest group.
  • UPDATED ADVICE from Department of HealthThe exclusion of any VCS Representatives who already hold an existing Chair/Member/Non-Executive Director role of a statutory HSC body no longer applies and they are NOW ELIGIBLE TO APPLY OR BE CONSIDERED for a VCS position.

 

Nominees Competencies and Experience

The Department of Health have provided a summary of the key skills, knowledge, and attributes they believe VCS Representatives can provide to local AIPB's and that they should be able to demonstrate in order to effectively undertake the VCS membership role.

These are briefly outlined as follows:

  • Planning and Leadership: including experience and knowledge of working across the VCS with a proven track record in delivering improvements for the community through co-production and an asset-based approach.​
  • Relationships and Networks: including strong links to local communities, partnership and collaborative working.
  • Communications: including listening, negotiation and influencing skills, the ability to ask the right questions and challenge assumptions.
  • Personal Attributes: including the ability to think both locally and strategically, be solution focused and understand the needs of Section 75 groups.
  • The Department of Health have indicated they are looking for members with a mix of skills and experience within each AIPB i.e. every member need not evidence the same skill set nor evidence every attribute.

 

How can organisations make a nomination(s) 

  1. To make a nomination please email [email protected] to request an Application Pack, clearly indicating which Shadow Area Partnership Board you are interested in. If you do not receive an Application Pack as requested within 72hrs, please contact Susan Glass E: [email protected] to advise.
  2. Organisations can make more than one nomination to any of the five AIPBs. However, an Individual can only be represented on one of the five AIPBs. You should therefore ensure that each Application Form clearly demonstrates knowledge, understanding, skills and experience, reflective of the local AIPB population(s) which you are seeking to represent.
  3. A separate Application Form must be completed for each AIPB your Organisation wishes to make a nomination to and you should clearly select the AIPB that you/your Organisation wishes to apply for. 
  4. Applications should only made via the agreed Application Form and additional pages will not be accepted. If you require a different format or method of return, please email [email protected]
  5. Applicants are advised to review all the information contained within the Application Pack, and ensure that all relevant supporting information is read and understood prior to submitting an Application Form.
  6. All Applications must have the support of the CEO/Director/Chair of the Applicant’s Employing Organisation.
  7. The Application Pack contains further information on the Nomination process and Guidance on how the form should be completed.
  8. Applicants are advised to check their application for completeness, prior to submitting. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  9. NICVA will aim to acknowledge receipt of all applications within 72 hrs. If you do not receive an email confirmation within this time frame, please contact Susan Glass to advise - [email protected] or contact NICVA directly on 028 9087 7777.
  10. Completed Applications should be returned to NICVA via email to: [email protected]

All applications should be returned by no later than 12pm on Tuesday 5 March 2024. LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE CONSIDERED.

Online Information Sessions

NICVA is hosting a number of online Information Sessions for VCS organisations to outline the Nomination process for VCS representatives to the five AIPBs. To register or find out more please visit here.

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by Kathy Maguire

Policy Development Officer

[email protected]

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